Jack Harrison spent a season and a half with New York City FC from 2016 through the 2017 season. The young English transplant was a top ranked prospect having spent time in Manchester United’s youth academy before transferring to boarding school in the United States following his mother’s request. After a great year with Wake Forest, Harrison was drafted first overall by the Chicago Fire in the 2016 MLS SuperDraft before being traded to NYCFC for Targeted Allocation Money (TAM).
After a season and a half with the Boys in Blue in which he appeared 56 times, scoring 14 goals in the process. During the 2018 preseason, Harrison was rumored to have been pursued heavily by Premier League side Stoke City. After talks apparently broke down, Harrison was transferred to NYCFC’s sister club/mothership Manchester City for a reported fee of about $4.4 million.
Since then, Harrison has not yet featured for the Cityzens, but has had a couple of loan spells — a brief spell with Middlesbrough and two full seasons with Championship side Leeds United. Since joining Leeds, Harrison has been a consistent contributor and has logged 10 goals in 76 total appearances.
Earlier today, Leeds clinched promotion to the Premier League on points and are due to return to England’s top flight for the first time since 2003.
The Peackock’s promotion gives Jackie Boy a chance to become the first NYCFC alum to compete in what is the world’s most popular football league.
Unfortunately, that is dependent upon what Manchester City wants to do with him. As a loan player, he is still contracted to the Cityzens until June of 2022 according to Transfermarkt. Due to his status as a starting player for Leeds, it’s possible the Whites could swoop in with a transfer fee to bring Harrison over permanently as they have an option to buy for about €8-10 million (h/t @Offsideforursin)
But for now, let’s just enjoy the idea of our beloved Jack tussling with the likes of Virgil Van Dijk and Harry McGuire next season!